Column: Republican Legislature moving Michigan forward

April 3, 2014
By Sen. Joe Hune

The Republican-led Michigan Legislature has passed many bills to be proud of so far this year. I would like to highlight a few recent measures that I think will help move Michigan forward.

A bill I sponsored, now Public Act 51 of 2014, ensures that those benefiting from public assistance are giving back to the community that is providing them with the helping hand they need. The measure codifies into law that cash assistance recipients, who are not exempt from the Partnership Accountability Training Hope (PATH) program, have to participate in community service.

Another policy to be proud of is the repeal of the punitive personal property tax (PPT). Michigan business leaders and local government officials agree that this archaic tax made funding local government much more difficult and needed to go.

I was proud to co-sponsor this package because it is a bipartisan solution to eliminate the onerous PPT and fully replace revenue to local governments.

Last month the Michigan Legislature set in motion an effort to create a balanced budget at the federal level. The bill is the first step in officially petitioning for a federal balanced budget amendment which would require that the federal government balance their budget each year and avoid the disastrous debt we are incurring on ourselves, and more importantly, our children.

Twenty two other states have already approved the resolution. Once adopted by fifteen more, it becomes binding on Congress to issue the call. Families across American make tough choices in order to balance their budget. Michigan balances its budget every year. It is time that Congress does the same.

I think most will agree that the Michigan Legislature has the best interest of Michigan in mind. As we move forward, I will work to pass further legislation with the aim of putting Michigan back to work.

As always, please feel free to email my office at or dial toll-free at
855-JOE-HUNE and my staff will be happy to assist you.


Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.